Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas will host NATPE for the last time starting today, January 25, before the three-day TV industry market heads off to Miami next year. Before it goes, Rick Feldman (pictured), the president and CEO of NATPE, fills us in on his hopes for, and the highlights of, this year’s market.
This year’s speaker line-up David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications (and keynote speaker at the 2009 Realscreen Summit); Elisabeth Murdoch, chairman and CEO of Shine Group; and Nancy Dubuc, president and GM at History (and co-chair of the 2010 Realscreen Summit) as well as numerous sessions including a think tank on Reality TV: Building a Blockbuster.
The event is brought about by a large group of industry veterans, helmed by president/CEO Rick Feldman and Kevin Beggs, president, programming and production, Lionsgate Television, who serves as Chair of the NATPE board. The 2010 NATPE board has recently been announced, and includes Dubuc, Paul Buccieri (CEO and president, ITV Studios); Emiliano Calemzuk (president, Fox Television Studios); Hans Schiff of Creative Artists Agency; Eric Schotz (CEO and president, LMNO Productions) among others. Returning board members include Gary Lico (president & CEO, CABLEready Corp.), Lisa Berger (EVP, Original Programming and Series Development, E! Entertainment Television) and Chris Grant (Managing Director and Head of Worldwide Distribution, ShineReveille International) among others.
‘It’s about fulfilling the expectations of the thousands of people that come [to NATPE],’ says Feldman. ‘For everyone that comes, whether they’re buying and selling content, whether they’re there for the conference, my hope is that when they leave on Wednesday night or Thursday morning, they say that NATPE was worth their time and money.’
The key themes for NATPE remain the same, with the conference aiming to highlight truly original content, multi-platform content, and the best ways to monetize that content. ‘We have people from every single aspect of the television business under one roof, talking about those themes,’ he says. ‘NATPE continues to be a multi-platform digital marketplace and as the content changes year to year, based on new distribution models, we will reflect that.’
Feldman hopes attendees from this NATPE will move with the market next year. The event will be held at the newly renovated Fontainebleu and adjacent Eden Rock hotels on Miami’s South Beach. ‘The marketplace and the conference will change radically because the physical space is much different,’ says Feldman. ‘The great thing about it is it’s going to put 5,000 people under one roof in one place without the labyrinth that Las Vegas is.’
Once NATPE is wrapped, Feldman says that in the next month of two, he’ll be heading to Miami, looking at the site there to get a much better idea of what they’ll be doing for NATPE 2011.